Some things never change:
The House narrowly avoided a vote to reinstate earmarks after November’s election, thanks to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, but Republican Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania and Tom Rooney of Florida are back leading the charge to reverse the ban House Republicans instituted in 2011 after gaining control of Congress.Everybody still loves pork...
“If the Republicans really want to give up control of Congress, just do this,” former Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, told a Republican Study Committee forum Tuesday. “To me, there is no question — the tone-deafness of this is amazing to me — that we would even consider going back.”
Coburn led a hard-nosed but often lonely charge to abolish earmarks beginning in 2005 and became known as the Senate’s “Dr. No.” He called earmarks “the gateway drug to Washington Spending Disease.”